Lexington, Ky. — These short takes are presented as a companion to the Georgia-Kentucky game column, which can be found here. Georgia won 63-31.
1. The Bulldogs didn’t punt. ‘Nuff said. They scored nine touchdowns, two on Isaiah McKenzie returns. They lost a fumble on a kickoff return. They knelt on the ball at the end of the first half and the game. Other than that, Georgia went 7-for-7. Seven possessions, seven touchdowns. (Not even a field goal!) Their 63 points marked the most the Bulldogs had scored in an SEC game since 1942. Some of it had to do with Kentucky, which doesn’t play much defense, but it’s worth noting that none of the Wildcats’ other opponents — which have included LSU, Missouri and No. 1 Mississippi State — broke 42, let alone 63.
2. Jonathon Rumph was actually trending on Twitter. It has become a source of amusement among the Georgia press corps that Rumph, a senior out of Holmes Community College, has been the source of what would seem a disproportionate amount of readers’ inquires the past two years. Rumph is an intriguing figure — he’s 6-foot-5, 218 pounds — who has had injury issues (lately hamstring) since arriving in Athens. He caught seven passes last season, four against Appalachian State. He hadn’t played this season until Saturday, in which he made four catches, one of them a one-hander, for 81 yards. At halftime, Kentucky radio man Jeff Piecoro said: “I saw No. 18 (Rumph) making catches, and I thought A.J. Green (once a Bulldog, now a Bengal) had come down from Cincinnati and was playing.”
3. Nick Chubb is flat-out tremendous. Over the span of Todd Gurley’s four-game suspension, the freshman from Cedartown has rushed for 143 yards against Missouri, 202 against Arkansas, 156 against Florida and now 170 against Kentucky. Had Gurley not been a Bulldog and Chubb been a starter from Week 1, and had those four games come early in the season, Chubb would have been what Gurley briefly was — the Heisman Trophy front-runner. Chubb has rushed for 671 yards as the starting tailback; Gurley’s four best games of the season (though not any four consecutive games) saw a yield of 700 yards.